•  Summary 
  •  
  •  Actions 
  •  
  •  Votes 
  •  
  •  Memo 
  •  
  •  Text 

A00369 Summary:

BILL NO    A00369 

SAME AS    SAME AS S01167

SPONSOR    Pretlow (MS)

COSPNSR    Lupardo, Benedetto, Abinanti, Clark

MLTSPNSR   Duprey, Lupinacci

Add S92-h, Pub Serv L; add S99-w, St Fin L

Enacts the accessible electronic information act for blind and disabled
persons; creates a new fund in the state finance law.
Go to top

A00369 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                          369

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 7, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. PRETLOW, LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the
         Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law and the state finance law, in
         relation to enacting the accessible electronic information act

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1.  Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as
    2  the "accessible electronic information act".
    3    S 2. Legislative finding. The National Federation of the Blind  estab-
    4  lished  the  NFB-NEWSLINE  to  increase the ability of visually impaired
    5  individuals to receive information provided  by  newspapers,  magazines,
    6  journals  and other print media which are traditionally unavailable in a
    7  limited  electronic  broadcast.  Since  2002,  this  vital  service  has
    8  provided visually impaired New Yorkers with information on job listings,
    9  self-help magazines, do-it-yourself guides, political magazines, several
   10  newspapers,  TV  guide listings, and other literary necessities that all
   11  sighted New Yorkers have enjoyed. This  legislation  provides  a  stable
   12  means to bring NEWSLINE to New York.
   13    S 3. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 92-h to
   14  read as follows:
   15    S 92-H. ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION; BLIND AND DISABLED PERSONS.
   16  1.  A  QUALIFIED NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITY CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE
   17  SHALL PROVIDE AN ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FOR  ELIGIBLE
   18  BLIND  AND DISABLED PERSONS. THIS SERVICE SHALL BE PLANNED FOR CONTINUA-
   19  TION FROM YEAR TO YEAR AND MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF FEDERAL,  STATE,  PRIVATE
   20  AND  OTHER FUNDS AVAILABLE, INCLUDING OBTAINING GRANT OR IN-KIND SUPPORT
   21  FROM APPROPRIATE PROGRAMS AND SECURING  ACCESS  TO  LOW-COST  INTERSTATE
   22  RATES FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS BY REIMBURSEMENT OR OTHERWISE.
   23    2. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
   24  ING MEANINGS, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED:

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD05385-01-5
       A. 369                              2

    1    (A)  "ACCESSIBLE  ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE" MEANS NEWS AND OTHER
    2  TIMELY INFORMATION (INCLUDING NEWSPAPERS) PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE  INDIVID-
    3  UALS  FROM  A MULTI-STATE SERVICE CENTER, USING HIGH-SPEED COMPUTERS AND
    4  TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FOR INTERSTATE ACQUISITION OF CONTENT  AND
    5  RAPID DISTRIBUTION IN A FORM APPROPRIATE FOR USE BY SUCH INDIVIDUALS;
    6    (B)  "BLIND  AND  DISABLED  PERSONS"  MEANS  THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE
    7  ELIGIBLE FOR LIBRARY LOAN SERVICES THROUGH THE LIBRARY OF  CONGRESS  AND
    8  THE  STATE  LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PURSUANT TO
    9  36 CFR 701.10(B);
   10    (C) "DIRECTOR" MEANS THE DIRECTOR OF THE SELECTED NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTI-
   11  TY;
   12    (D) "QUALIFIED ENTITY" MEANS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITY WITHIN THIS STATE
   13  CAPABLE OF PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICES WHICH:
   14    (I) PROVIDES INTERSTATE ACCESS FOR  ELIGIBLE  PERSONS  TO  READ  DAILY
   15  NEWSPAPERS PRODUCING AUDIO EDITIONS BY COMPUTER, AND
   16    (II)  PROVIDES  A MEANS OF PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION AND READER REGISTRA-
   17  TION ON THE INTERNET.
   18    S 4. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-w  to
   19  read as follows:
   20    S  99-W.  ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FUND.  1. THERE IS
   21  HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE CUSTODY OF THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER  A  SPECIAL
   22  REVENUE  FUND  TO  BE  KNOWN  AS  THE "ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION
   23  SERVICE FUND".
   24    2. FUNDING FOR THE  ACCESSIBLE  ELECTRONIC  INFORMATION  SERVICE  FUND
   25  SHALL BE OBTAINED FROM:
   26    A.  THE  TARGETED  ACCESSIBILITY FUND, INC., ESTABLISHED BY THE PUBLIC
   27  SERVICE COMMISSION IN ITS "ORDER AND OPINION 98-10" IN AN AMOUNT  DEEMED
   28  APPROPRIATE  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  PROVIDING ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION OF
   29  NEWSPAPERS, PERIODICALS, TIME SENSITIVE MATERIALS, AND OTHER INFORMATION
   30  WHICH MAY BE OF BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY; AND
   31    B. THE NEW YORK STATE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND  IN  AN  AMOUNT  DEEMED
   32  APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR PROVIDING ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION OF
   33  NEWSPAPERS, PERIODICALS, TIME SENSITIVE MATERIALS, AND OTHER INFORMATION
   34  WHICH MAY BE OF BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY.
   35    3.  NOTHING  CONTAINED  IN  THIS  SECTION SHALL PREVENT THE STATE FROM
   36  RECEIVING GRANTS, GIFTS OR BEQUESTS AND DEPOSITING THEM INTO THE  ACCES-
   37  SIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FUND ACCORDING TO LAW.
   38    4.  THE ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FUND SHALL BE ADMIN-
   39  ISTERED BY THE PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION,  IN  CONSULTATION  WITH  THE
   40  DIRECTOR AND THE COMMISSIONER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION.
   41    5.  THE  PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SHALL REQUIRE COMPANIES WHO PROVIDE
   42  TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES TO BLIND AND DISABLED PERSONS, AS DEFINED  IN
   43  PARAGRAPH  (B)  OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION NINETY-TWO-H OF THE PUBLIC
   44  SERVICE LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO,  CERTIFIED  TELECOMMUNICATION
   45  CARRIERS,  CABLE  TELEVISION COMPANIES THAT OFFER TELEPHONE SERVICE, AND
   46  OTHER COMPANIES THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION DEEMS TO BE A PROVIDER  OF
   47  TELECOMMUNICATION  SERVICES, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TARGETED ACCESSIBILITY
   48  FUND, INC. FOR THE PURPOSE OF INCREASING FUNDING TO  COMPLY  WITH  PARA-
   49  GRAPH A OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
   50    S  5.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
   51  have become a law.    Effective  immediately,  the  addition,  amendment
   52  and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation
   53  of  this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before
   54  such effective date.
Go to top
Page display time = 0.1006 sec